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Re: Achilles 12' Inflatable -- Yea or Nay
We have an 11'6" Achilles rigid hull with a 20hp Tohatsu. It hits 25 mph with 2 of us on board, and gets on plane with 5 or 6 of us on board. We explored Martha Vinyard easily without slowly plodding along. Great boats. We do have a later, hypalon model that we got for $2,250 from Defender. (We went by boat. At the store, I called out to the checkout line "Anyone have a pickup and want to make 50 bucks getting our purchase 2 miles down the road." Then we paid another guy 20 bucks to remove all the cardboard at the shore.)
Best thing? With all that performance, it's still light enough that I can pull it up on the beach by myself.
Not sure that helps with your purchase/negotiating decisions. If it looks to be in good shape, it's great to have such a high performance dinghy.
Edit: I agree with John. We have a family of 6 and need to bigger dinghy than most cruisers. Smaller means easier to handle.
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Last edited by Bene505; 11-24-2013 at 11:51 AM.